Fiorentina coach Montella banned, to miss key final game

Montella will miss Fiorentina’s last match of the season due to his two-game ban. (AFP pic)

MILAN: Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella will miss the last match of the season against Genoa, which will determine whether his team will be relegated, following a two-game ban imposed by the league’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday.

The former AC Milan coach, who was sent off in Fiorentina’s 1-0 loss at Parma on Sunday, was banned for insulting the referees and for indirectly causing harm to a steward after punching an advertising hoarding.

There is a three-point gap between 15th-placed Fiorentina and Genoa in 18th.

Fiorentina, who have been sucked into a relegation battle after losing their last five league games, must avoid defeat at home to Genoa on Monday morning to ensure their survival in Serie A.